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September 16, 2009

Iole Ciammetti’s Homemade Gnocchi Abruzzese

gnocchi-32 large Russet potatoes
1 ½ – 2 cups all purpose flour
1 egg
About 1 tablespoon olive oil
¼ teaspoon baking powder

Boil potatoes with the skin on until done. Peel as soon as you can handle, and put through a ricer. Spread out and let cool in a platter. When cool, make a round well with the flour on a hard, flat surface or large cutting board. Put the riced potatoes in the well, break the eggs into the potatoes, and beat the eggs. Add the oil. Start incorporating the potatoes into the eggs with the fork, until it becomes too stiff, and then begin kneading by hand, gently. You may not need to incorporate all the flour – leave it to the side, and it will be used for the cutting.

The dough should be formed into a long roll and cut into 2 inch sections, each section should be rolled into a log the size of your thumb. Cut the log into ½ inch pieces with a sharp knife, at an angle. Cut gently, don’t flatten. As you cut, place on a flat baking sheet or tray that will fit into your freezer. (If you decide to freeze them, they must be frozen this way, then placed in a freezer type container for use later).

Have a large pot of salted water boiling as you cut. Gently drop the gnocchi into the boiling water – and cover so that the pot immediately re-boils. Once boiling- and the gnocchi are floating to the top, they are ready!  Use a slotted spoon, a colander with a handle, or ravioli scoop to remove. Do not dump the water as you would with pasta!!!!

Have your sauce warm, ready to serve, and add a bit to the bottom of your serving platter.  As you transfer the gnocchi to the platter, add more sauce, lots of grated Parmigianno cheese and enjoy!!!!

Buon Appetito!!!
Serves 4 as a main course, or 8 as a primo…..

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